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Interview with Big John Bates.

Interview with Big John Bates.

1. Hi John. First off, can you introduce yourself, your band and dancers? You can call me John - I play a big Gretsch guitar and do the main vocals - I also do most of the songwriting. The band really began when sCare-oline (upright... Posted: Sep 8, 2008
Published by: The Skinny Magazine
In this Article Artist(s) Big John Bates, The VOODOO DOLLZ Burlesque
Interview with Dope Soda

Interview with Dope Soda

Interview with Dope Soda was done in June, 2012 by D'Arcy Briggs Ska Fest: When and where do you guys meet? When did you decide to form the band?   Dope Soda: Well Dope Soda was a project I have been wanting to do for a v... Posted: Oct 31, 2012
In this Article Artist(s) D'Arcy Briggs, Dope Soda
Jazz Sextet Continues To Groove

Jazz Sextet Continues To Groove

She’s been at it for 35 years, but Toni Blodgett’s love of jazz continues to fuel her band’s unique blend of what she calls “more traditional” music. What it really means is her group has access to a vast repertoire of jazz tunes and has develo Posted: Jun 25, 2016
Author: Tim Collins
Published by: VicNews
In this Article Artist(s) CanUS Hot Jazz Band
Video keeps levidrome front of mind

Video keeps levidrome front of mind

Video by Lola Parks keeps levidrome front of mind. Victoria boy's word continues to gain momentum online. Lucky Budd, father of Levi Budd, campaigns to get "levidrome" in the dictionary. Posted: Jan 29, 2018
Author: Christine van Reeuwyk
Published by: Victoria News, Black Press
In this Article Artist(s) Lola Parks

How to Gather Family Stories

My great grandmother was a school teacher. She raised five children in small town Alberta. When she reached the point of near exhaustion, she would grab a book and a blanket. Then she’d tell her husband she needed a break and she’d disa... Posted: Apr 14, 2015
In this Article Artist(s) Debbie Bateman
Testing Metal with Grant Truesdell of Unleash the Archers

Testing Metal with Grant Truesdell of Unleash the Archers

On the evening of the band’s record release party at The Red Room, Factory Worker Media met with Unleash the Archers guitarist Grant Truesdell in the building’s old vault to discuss challenges to songwriting, community-building, and navigating the roi Posted: Jul 29, 2015
Author: Shane Lange
Published by: Factory Worker Media
In this Article Artist(s) Unleash The Archers
Still Blue CD Review

Still Blue CD Review

Bill Johnson contributes eight originals to his Still Blue, each one a fine example of a contemporary blues song, not merely a retread of a familiar 12 bar theme, and each sung in his evocative voice. The variety of approaches, from the sne... Posted: Jan 8, 2015
Author: Tom Hyslop
Published by: Blues Revue Magazine June/July 2011
In this Article Artist(s) Bill Johnson
CD Review for Still Blue

CD Review for Still Blue

CD Review for Still Blue Mr. Johnson jumped into view as a nominee for Guitarist of the Year in 2006. This Victoria-based bluesman jammed onstage after the Awards Show and left behind a couple of impressive CDs. This new one is even... Posted: Jan 8, 2015
Author: John Valenteyn
Published by: Toronto Blues Society : Maple Blues News
In this Article Artist(s) Bill Johnson

Jon and Roy at Sugar Nightclub

Zoubi Arros heads up Zoubi And The Sea, which balances folk, funk, jazz, and pop, along with a healthy dose of sexy during their incredible cover of Queens of the Stone Age’s Make It Wit Chu. Posted: Dec 14, 2018
Published by: Rocktographers
Author: Webmeister Bud
In this Article Artist(s) Jon and Roy, Zoubi Arros, The Wild Romantics
The GARVIES Story

The GARVIES Story

GARVIES was essentially, up until a few weeks ago, the pipe-dream of a musically untrained illegal immigrant surfer poet from 17 000 km away, turned reality here on the west coast of Vancouver Island. He was playing bass in a rock band call... Posted: Apr 1, 2019
Published by: Ukeedaze Magazine Vol. 15 / Fall 2018
Author: Daz Collins
In this Article Artist(s) Daz Collins

Passion of R&B highlights next Willows free Concert

Passion of R&B highlights next Willows free concert Brandy Moore and the Nightcaps perform Aug. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Willows Beach Park CHRISTINE VAN REEUWYK / Aug. 2, 2018 10:30 a.m. / ENTERTAINMENT / LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT Brandy... Posted: Nov 29, 2018
Author: Christine van Reeuwyk
Published by: Oak Bay News
In this Article Artist(s) Brandy Moore & the Nightcaps

Review: Canadian Guitarist West Coast Comerford happy to play blues

A story on west coast Canadian blues guitar man, West Coast Comerford. Comerford has played in many blues bands out of Victoria, including the Rockin' Devils, All Them Blues Band and Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Blues Band. The piece was published on Digita Posted: Jan 9, 2017
Author: Marcus Hondro
Published by: Digital Journal
In this Article Artist(s) Uncle Wigglys Hot Shoes Blues Band, Mark Comerford, Mark Johnson, Hank Leonhardt, Hubert Sumlin, Muddy Waters Resource(s): Harpo's in Victoria

Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra charm hometown crowd

Victoria’s Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra recently played Upstairs Cabaret here in their hometown of Victoria with locals Compassion Gorilla and Carousels opening up. There was a strong sense of community and no shortage of dancing at the ... Posted: Oct 20, 2014
Author: Matt O'Connor
Published by: Nexus
In this Article Artist(s) Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

Summer & The Sinners – Can’t Keep a Good Girl Down – Independent

Summer & The Sinners – Can’t Keep a Good Girl Down – Independent - by Dave Harris Let me preface this review by saying I’ve known Summer since she was barely out of her teens and coming out to sit in or jam at various venu... Posted: Mar 2, 2016
Author: -By Dave Harris
Published by: FaceBook
In this Article Artist(s) Summer and The Sinners, Ross Damude, Brian Hay
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The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.

The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division